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How do you find a good solicitor ?

(10 Posts)
AdeleR1 Tue 06-Sep-11 17:40:47

It's really hard to find recommendations and reviews for solicitors. How do you actaully know if they are any good before you engage with them and committ to spending a large amount of money. Some of the ones that I have spoken to even want a fee to initailly meet with them ?

mumblechum1 Tue 06-Sep-11 17:44:20

Depends what it's for. I'm a family and wills lawyer and a member of Resolution. Look at if you're looking for a divorce/family lawyer.

All specialisms have their own panels.

Hulababy Tue 06-Sep-11 17:52:09

The best way is through a personal recommendation from a friend or family, or friend of a friend, or even from somewher like MN.

Also, it depends on what you want to use the solicitor for. A solicitor who is good at one thing may not be ideal for a different legal matter.

STIDW Tue 06-Sep-11 18:52:14

You could try searching Chamberlains (the publishers) independent guide to lawyers.

cantfindamnnickname Tue 06-Sep-11 19:16:45

whereabouts are you? Maybe some of us can help with personal recommendations?

Lizcat Wed 07-Sep-11 08:55:20

Personal recommendations I use different firms for domestic conveyancing, commercial property law and partnership law. A good solicitor, doing a good through job will not be cheap, but in my experience they are worth every penny you pay. If your situation is very complex it maybe worth considering a large firm that has it's own chambers as it is cheaper for your solicitor to take advice from an 'in- house' barrister than from an external barrister.

emsyj Wed 07-Sep-11 08:57:25

I've never heard of a firm having its own chambers - who does that? Just idly curious really!

Agree you're best going with personal recommendation.

Angel786 Fri 09-Sep-11 23:22:28

Charging for initial meeting? Unusual. You can check the law society website, but I'd say personal recommendations are best.

What sort of legal advice are you looking for?

Some firms have counsel in house, so barristers are working in solicitor firms - although haven't come across this being described as chambers as such.

NorkyPies Fri 09-Sep-11 23:27:01

Depending on your kind of case, if you have low income you might get free advice from your local Law Centre. Google Law Centres Federation to find your local one.

Angel786 Fri 09-Sep-11 23:29:29

Good point *norky also, if initial and not v detailed advice you could try citizens advice bureau

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